June 14th 2020 was officially my online debut as a game judge, and the first time I ever ran a game for a convention. DCC Days Online was four days of Dungeon Crawl Classics, Mutant Crawl Classics, XCrawl, Metamorphosis Alpha, and other great games. DCC Days Online ran in conjunction with DCC Day which happened on June 13th, where tabletop events were played in Friendly Neighbors Games Stores around the world. Since the state I live in is still under lock down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, destiny sent me into the phlogiston!
I’m very glad to have participated. My first online game was as a player in the Shudder Mountain sandbox, presided by Goodman Games writer Michael Curtis himself. I won’t give any spoilers as the adventure we played was never published, but it was a real treat. Michael is a master game judge and the players were on point.
Second was a seminar on publishing third-party material for Goodman Games. A lot of game designers, third party publishers, and industry talent giving lots of great advice on getting your creations out into the public. If I kept better notes like somebody told me to do, I would have everyone’s names. Alas, I kept crap notes. It was a great experience and I’m looking forward to Goodman Games hosting similar events.
Lastly was my game, The Bloody Wrath of Countess Mekula. This is a funnel adventure in which a long thought dead vampire comes back from the grave to reap revenge upon the mortal world. An old school dungeon with deadly monsters, traps, puzzles, and a beat the clock plot (party has find and destroy Countess Mekula before the setting sun). I was absurdly nervous at first, but the group of players I had were excellent. One player was from the UK and stuck around for the entire game (The game started 8PM EST which would be 1AM UK time)! The party’s use of the holy items provided was clever and resourceful. They defeated the vampire right in the nick of time, which is impressive because I didn’t make it easy.
I had a blast, so thank you Goodman Games for hosting a great event and a big shout out to Matt, Steven, Hank, and David for being great people and players. I look forward to further adventures with you all.